Ralph Strehle holds a PhD in English from Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL) and also an MA in Postmodernism, Literature and Contemporary Cultures. He holds a joint honours degree (English /German) from Konstanz University, Germany. His main focus of research at Konstanz University was on linguistics, particularly syntax, pragmatics and speech-act theory. In his PhD and subsequent publications he tried to establish a post-structuralist phenomenological ethics. As a visiting lecturer he taught and designed courses in Modern Theory, Literature and Philosophy, and Postmodern Critical Theory at RHUL. He was organiser and chairman of the Literary Aesthetics Seminar Series, an interdisciplinary research seminar for leading literary scholars and philosophers and contributor to the the Routledge Companion to Critical Theory. In recent years, Ralph has become interested in pedagogy in Higher Education, particularly in a music Conservatoire environment. Using Personal Construct Theory and Self-determination Theory, he is currently examining how different teaching and performing contexts impact on student motivation at the RCS. Ralph is also a lecturer in the Vocal Studies department.